With jobs in technology set to burgeon exponentially over the next 30 years, Fire Tech has put together a list of ten jobs that exist now that didn’t exist ten years ago.
1. Interactive Infographics Designer
More than simply computer graphics, this role involves communicating aggregated data in visual form. Hugely creative, designers bring clarity to sets of numbers and, using 2D & 3D graphics, present them in informative and interesting designs. Information is Beautiful offers a great insight into the power of data visualisation (data viz). Building confidence in Adobe Creative Cloud’s suite of software is a very good place for kids to start.
2. Immersive Experience Designer
Technology is all pervasive and, as such, content and communications now need to run across all types of media channels from film, to interactive media, to even live audiences. ‘Omnichannel’ is the new term for cross-channel strategies which organisations apply to improve a user’s experience of their services, content and programmes. How to get involved? By increasing skills in all types of media, grow a love of communication and a knowledge of the impact of social media.
3. App Developer
Video & music streaming and social media consistently come top of the most popular apps listicles. Apps have radically altered consumer services – Uber lifts and food services and Cash App for mobile money transfers between users. Rarely creating one’s own app ideas, developers need to be good at listening to clients, working in teams and pre-empting user engagement. Young people require solid programming and problem-solving skills with a thirst for knowledge – this is a fast-changing technological landscape.
4. Virtual and Augmented Reality Engineer
Pokémon GO led the way for real-time, mass engagement in AR. Using tracking and data capture, this growing area of computer vision is set to influence many industry sectors including education and medicine. What skills are required? A strong graphic focus, a superb grasp of the 3D development platform Unity and text-based programming in C#.
5. Embedded Software Engineer
Internet of Things (IoT) is as it sounds – a connected world of things (objects) over the internet. Transferring data, ‘smart’ appliances such as fridges restock themselves by placing food orders and heating systems read weather data and respond to predicted changes in temperature. Budding Engineers need a strong understanding of electronics including circuit design and microcontrollers, computer programming as well as design skills in user interface and/or products. Watch how IoT could play out in real life.
6. Social Media Analyst
All things online, these modern-day analysts study activity across various online channels and observe how social platforms are used. Superb communicators with an interest in marketing and business, this role involves examining data to help improve an organisation’s performance, improve awareness of a brand or a firm’s reputation online (think Royal Family!).
7. Vlogger or YouTuber
They used to want to be popstars but now young people aspire to become stars of the very small screen. Vlog is short for video blog (or video log) – an online video or web television diary with the regular release of a person’s biographical information. Peppered with product placements, doubters may not feel this is a worthy career but the salary levels achieved by successful vloggers indicates the power of social media to drive commerce.
8. Data Scientist
With the onset of technologies such as sensors and cloud computing, data is drawn from a vast array (did you see what we did there?) of places. Often with a background in programming or maths and an interest in statistics, data scientists collect and analyse data. Big Data is big business. Watch the video below showing the day in the life of a data scientists.
9. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV) Operator
From being a gunner for the British Armed Forces to a pilot, of sorts, in the Royal Air Force, drone operators do much more than shoot films. For instance, Natural Water uses camera imaging techniques on onshore and offshore wind farms. UAVs are relatively inexpensive and a far safer way to carry out surveillance and inspections. Professional operators need to be over 18, gain a certificate from the UK Civil Aviation Authority and, to get on, need a good understanding of hardware.
10. Teacher of Computer
The Royal Society’s 2012 report Shut Down or Restart was a damning account of the provision of computing education in the UK which influenced government education policy. Since then, thousands of individuals have been trained to teach the young the science of Computing. Referred to as the silent ‘C’ in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths), more educators need to build their confidence in Computing to fill the current teaching gap.
Keep your young ones ahead of the game. Fire Tech’s 2020 programmes reflects the demand for expertise in physical computing, programming, computer vision such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and computer graphics. Interpersonal skills are also growing in importance and Fire Tech is addressing this through its Digital Leadership initiative.